Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee.
Drafting for Buffalo is my good friend and golfing buddy "TheGreek." He writes:
This is a tough position for the Bills. Needless to say, the team has a lot of holes, and with Jimmy Clausen off the board at least one of those areas of need will have to wait. With the decision to switch to the 3-4 defense, the Bills are in dire need of personnel on the defensive side of the ball, particularly at nose tackle. There are also needs on the other side of the ball at both wide receiver and along the offensive line. Even though new coach Chan Gailey made a "name" for himself on the offensive side of the ball, he is trying to put his stamp on both sides of the ball.
With all this in mind and with the depth of quality offensive linemen available in this year's draft I have the Bills taking Tennessee's NT Dan Williams. This pick fills a huge need, as Williams can walk in and start from Day 1. It also allows the Bills the option of picking a tackle in Round 2. This may be a little high for Williams, and I could definitely see the Bills trying to trade down, especially if Clausen is off the board, but without anyone on the roster prepared to anchor the line of this new defense, Williams is the pick here.
My take: I agree with 'Greek' that the Bills would really love Clausen to be here. Buffalo has been trying to find a real quarterback for years now, and if Clausen isn't there this likely won't be the year they find one. Williams is not the sexy pick in this spot, but the Bills are transitioning to the 3-4 and he is the most talented nose tackle on the board. So, the pick makes sense. My real question for 'Greek' is this, though. When are we playing some golf, my friend?
Remember, for explanations of prior selections click the highlighted player name in the table below.
'Jp2y' is up next with the Jacksonville Jaguars selection at No. 10.
|1||St. Louis||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma||Soldier_
|3||Tampa Bay||Gerald McCoy||DT||Oklahoma||i_formation27|
|4||Washington||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State||G Fan in England
|5||Kansas City||Eric Berry||S||Tennessee||ronjohnson|
|6||Seattle||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame||CCE718|
|7||Cleveland||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||GreatGatsby|
|15||N.Y. Giants||Ed Valentine|
|22||New England||Ryan Valentine|
|23||Green Bay||Dan Luibil|